Indi said she had to borrow 15,000 pesos from a local lender to reopen her stall after Haiyan, with an interest rate of 33 percent over the term of the six-month loan adding to almost unbearable financial pressure.
“We are begging for help. We need money to rebuild our house,” Indi said as she stood at the entrance to their ruined home and cried.
Nevertheless, Indi insisted she was fortunate simply to be alive, and that was reason enough to continue with their religious procession.
“We are thankful ... and it gives us comfort,” she said.